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jrothWA
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:13 pm  Reply with quote



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from being inspected, cleaned and lube from New York state.

Hadn't been to a smith since 1973, the smith indicated that the barrels were perfect and would be suited for lengthening to 2-3/4" from the present 2-5/8 original length.

He showed me the telltales that I used 2-3/4 shells and how to reinforce the stock.

I asked that he fit a spare top-lever return spring, for a spare.

He confirmed the 1916 year of manufacturing, and might be able to ID the original seller, after consulting the shipping books.

It was well worth the trip, especially to pick it up.

For I can stop at ZIPPO/ CASE museum.

Cost is worth it.
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WyoChukar
PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:39 pm  Reply with quote



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The telltales happen to be a carbon ring in each forcing cone?

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AmericanMeet
PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:11 pm  Reply with quote



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JRoth, I have a couple Parker reference books that have a great deal of info, If you are interested and it appears you are in Washington State, we may be able to get together and discuss your new gun.
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jrothWA
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:54 pm  Reply with quote



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Enjoyed the trip to retrieve the VH.

Had a new hinge put in and tighten the that joint nicely.

Re-cut the chambers to the proper lengths, will be reloading some old AA hulls for game and waterfowl with bismuth.

Bores were polished, after small dings were removed, and caught a posit note page in the barrel and the receiver and I could not pull it out.

Did the same in the mid-70's and a note book page pulled out smoothly.

And Larry Del Greco, instructed in how to close the barrel /receiver joint , with a snap. Not a slow easy method.

Can't wait to get it in the field.!
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jrothWA
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:54 pm  Reply with quote



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Enjoyed the trip to retrieve the VH.

Had a new hinge put in and tighten the that joint nicely.

Re-cut the chambers to the proper lengths, will be reloading some old AA hulls for game and waterfowl with bismuth.

Bores were polished, after small dings were removed, and caught a posit note page in the barrel and the receiver and I could not pull it out.

Did the same in the mid-70's and a note book page pulled out smoothly.

And Larry Del Greco, instructed in how to close the barrel /receiver joint , with a snap. Not a slow easy method.

Can't wait to get it in the field.!
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jrothWA
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2021 6:57 pm  Reply with quote



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are faint cracking in the stock.

that the effect of 2-3/4 shells in the original 2-5/8chamber.
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fn16ga
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:56 pm  Reply with quote
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More than likely very old wood used with heavy loads , hoped those were addressed while at the Gunsmith .
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 6:18 pm  Reply with quote



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At the time your gun was made in 1916, the heaviest 16-gauge loads our ammunition manufacturers offered were one ounce pushed by 2 3/4 drams of bulk smokeless powder or 22 grains of dense smokeless powder. The "standard" length 16-gauge shell was 2 9/16 inch. Longer 16-gauge shells were available, 2 3/4, 2 7/8 and 3-inch, but they contained more/better wadding, which many gun cranks believed to be an advantage, not heavier loads.

By late 1922, our ammunition manufacturers applied progressive burning smokeless powders to the 16-gauge producing a high velocity, 3 dram equiv., 1 1/8 ounce load -- Western Super-X, Peters High Velocity, etc.



While the pressures with these loads was actually lower than the old loads, moving out that heavier payload at higher velocity greatly increased recoil forces which over the next ninety-eight years has had an effect on aging, possibly oil soaked, wood.

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